News release

Province Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

Premier Darrell Dexter is encouraging Nova Scotians to celebrate and learn more about the rich culture and heritage of the province's Mi'kmaq communities in honour of National Aboriginal Day, June 21.

"The Mi'kmaq in Nova Scotia have a proud heritage, a vibrant culture and a promising future," said Premier Dexter. "I am proud to say that the province enjoys a strong and productive relationship with the Aboriginal leaders, communities and organizations across Nova Scotia. As Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, I encourage all Nova Scotians to celebrate that bond as we look forward, together, to the great opportunities on the horizon."

National Aboriginal Day gives Canadians a chance to recognize and learn more about Aboriginal people and their significant contributions to the country's development.

The day was first proclaimed in 1996 by former Gov. Gen. Romeo LeBlanc and is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, the summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs.

Events to celebrate National Aboriginal Day will take place in communities across the province Thursday.

For more information, visit the Office of Aboriginal Affairs website at www.novascotia.ca/abor .

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Premier Darrell Dexter is encouraging all Nova Scotians to celebrate and learn more about the rich culture and heritage of the province's Mi'kmaq communities.

Thursday (June 21st) is National Aboriginal Day.

Premier Dexter says he is proud of the strong and productive relationship his government has with Aboriginal leaders and communities. He encourages Nova Scotians to take part in events to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on Thursday.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Watkins Campbell
Office of Aboriginal Affairs 902-424-4339 E-mail: